Pakistan cricket team to reach Bangladesh today
Dhaka, November 13: The Pakistan men's national cricket team will reach Bangladesh today (November 13), after their semifinal exit from the ongoing ICC T20 World Cup a few days ago.
Pakistan has been one of the top contenders of the aforementioned ICC silverware, however, a spirited display from Australia denied the former an entry into the finals. Australia will now face New Zealand on Sunday's mega event, rejuvenating the trans-Tasman rivalry.
With them out of contention, the Pakistan team has decided to embark for their upcoming project- a three-match T20I series and a two-match Test series against the hosts.
Wasim Khan, who is in charge of logistical support for the BCB, said, "The Pakistan national cricket team will arrive in Dhaka from Dubai at 8:10 am in a Emirates Airlines flight."
The Pakistan cricket team will visit Bangladesh after more than five years. Their last visit was during the 2016 Asia Cup.
The first Test between the two teams will be played from November 26 to 30 at the Zahur Ahmed Chowdhury Stadium in Chittagong. The second Test will be played at the Sher-e-Bangla National Cricket Stadium in Mirpur from December 4 to 8. With this series, Bangladesh will start their journey of the second edition of the Test Championship.
Before the Test series, the teams will face-off for the T20I matches, to be played in Mirpur. The first will be on November 19. The next two matches will be on November 20 and 22.
Meanwhile, the Bangladesh cricket team returned to the country last Friday after a failed mission in the World Cup. However, the whole team did not return together. The 11 cricketers who were with the World Cup team have returned separately.
Injured Shakib Al Hasan has left for the United States, while four senior players- Mushfiqur Rahim, Mahmudullah Riyad, Liton Das and Taskin Ahmed- applied for leaves to be with their families in Dubai.
Das and Ahmed have returned back to Bangladesh. Mushfiqur and Mahmudullah are still in Dubai. They are expected to return back to Bangladesh on Saturday night, according to Wasim Khan.